Post # 1
my FI wants to buy an e-reader for his grooms! he gets a discount on them (I won’t say which brand), but still. I think that is too excessive. and I don’t know what to do!
I was planning on giving my bridesmaids necklaces that cost around $40, and then add a nice wrap or something extra to fill it out (our wedding night might get chilly where we live). I thougt that was a perfectly appropriate gift. now I’m worried that when they find out about the e-readers, some of them will be a little jealous. I know a gracious friend would not be jealous, but then again, I don’t want to be rude!
I thought of just copying my FI’s idea, however, I can think of 2 bridesmaids who would not use an e-reader.
aaaand…. I don’t want to shoot my FI down on his idea. he had a really hard time thinking of something unique, and he’s proud of this idea. he was originallly thinking of giving them a nice shaving kit (from the art of shaving) that comes in a leather case. do you think I should try to push that on him?
Post # 3
@janie-janie: We spent $110 on the guys. I spent a lot less on the girls, however, I paid for things like lunch and stuff when we went for dress fittings and what not, which he didn’t do. You have to look at your overall budget and decide wether or not it makes sense from that end I think .
Post # 4
you’re totally right! now that I think about it, the bridesmaids get to have their hair and makeup done. so that all comes out in the wash.
still, I think I might still push the shaving kit. the e-reader will become obsolete in a few years, and a leather shaving case could be used for a very long time, maybe a lifetime if they like them.
Post # 5
@janie-janie: How much do the ereaders cost?
We ended up doing engraved flasks and a leather wallet for each guy, but then again we got great deals on both! I went hunting for sales to find gifts that looked expensive, but were actually a steal. All in all we spent $25 on each flask and $25 on each wallet.
For the girls I bought them all silver/crystal earrings that were from a jewelry store that was going out of business and had an 80% off sale! I filled them each a beach bag that they could reuse with flip flops, MAC eye shadow & lipgloss, a makeup bag, sunscreen and of course their earrings. It only cost me around $75 for each girl.
You guys could totally both give gifts that look expensive, but doesn’t break the bank. Do some shopping around and you guys will be sure to find some great deals. My man originally wanted to buy Oakley sunglasses for each guy, but they were like $200 each! After some thrifty shopping I convinced him otherwise 🙂
Post # 6
@janie-janie: I loved the shaving kit idea too, but DH said “who would ever really use that? It takes up too much time. Us hairy dudes use electric stuff and the non-hairy dudes use their girls leg razors in the shower.” LOL. He probably has a good point. I suggested all kinds of things that he made reasonable arguments for not wanting. This is one thing the guy should be just able to choose I think. My DH did really nice grill sets and sent them Omaha steaks a week after the wedding. The guys loved it.
Post # 7
these are all really good ideas! thanks everyone!
@mwitter80: LOL you are right about the shaving part! you’d be surprised though. like, I once bought my FI a sampler from Aveda, and he was completely sold on the hair product. he would have never tried it if I hadn’t given it to him. ha ha, now I have him hooked on expensive hair products! so I think sometimes men appreciate things they didn’t know existed.
the part of the shaving kit that’s really nice is the leather case, which they can use to put their toilitries in when they travel.
Post # 8
@janie-janie: I’m going to have to agree with mwitter80‘s DH on the shaving kit. My DH has one of those shaving kits and he rarely uses it. And the only time he does use it is to shave his head (although he typically doesn’t use it then either). He never uses it on his face.
So unless you have a bunch of groomsmen who often shave their heads, I wouldn’t be surprised if a shaving kit didn’t get much use.
If your FI can get a deal on e-readers, I think that would be a great and memorable gift for the guys (I LOVE my e-reader)!
Although if you are looking for more inspiration to sway your FI still, this is what we got our GM:
Post # 9
oh man, I love the meat branding iron!
I think maybe I’ll go with the e-reader idea. but I’ll add to the bridesmaids gifts so they’re a little nicer too.
I’m sure two of my bridesmaids won’t want e-readers. one of them literally doesn’t use electronics, she hates computers. I know, what a hippie!